Acts 25:1 Festus, therefore, having come upon the province, after three days, went up unto Jerusalem from Caesarea;
The Jews accuse Paul before Festus.
Acts 25:2 and the High-priest and chiefs of the Jews laid information before him against Paul, and began to beseech him Acts 25:3 asking for themselves as a favour against him, that he would send for him unto Jerusalem,making, an ambush, to kill him on the way. Acts 25:4 Festus, therefore, answered, that Paul should be kept in Caesarea, and that, he himself, was about, shortly, to be going out [thither]. Acts 25:5 They, therefore, among you (saith he) who are in power, let them go down with me; and, if there is in the man, anything amiss, let them accuse him. Acts 25:6 And, spending among them, not more than eight or ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and, on the morrow, taking his place upon the judgment-seat, ordered Paul to be brought. Acts 25:7 And, when he presented himself, the Jews who, from Jerusalem, had come down, stood round about him, many and grievous charges, bringing against [him], which they were not able to prove,
He answereth for himself,
Acts 25:8 Paul saying in defenceNeither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I in anything sinned. Acts 25:9 But, Festus, wishing, with the Jews, to gain, favour, answered Paul, and saidArt thou willing, unto Jerusalem, to go up, and, there, concerning these things, be judged before me? Acts 25:10 But Paul saidStanding before the judgment-seat of Caesar, am I, where, I, ought to be judged. Unto the Jews, have I done no wrong, as, even thou, right well, art discovering.
and appealeth unto Caesar.
Acts 25:11 If then, on the one hand, I am doing wrong, and, anything worthy of death, have committed, I excuse not myself from dying; but, on the other hand, if there is, nothing, in the things whereof these are accusing me, no man, hath power to give, me, unto them as a favour:Unto Caesar, I appeal! Acts 25:12 Then Festus, having conversed with the council, answeredUnto Caesar, hast thou appealed? Unto Caesar, shalt thou go. Acts 25:13 And, some days having gone by, Agrippa the king and Bernice came down to Caesarea, to salute Festus.
Afterwards Festus openeth his matter to King Agrippa,
Acts 25:14 And, as they were spending more days there, Festus, repeated, unto the king, the things relating to Paul, sayingA certain man, hath been left behind by Felix, as a prisoner; Acts 25:15 concerning whom, when I happened to be in Jerusalem, the High-priests and the Elders of the Jews laid information, claiming against him a condemnation: Acts 25:16 unto whom made answerThat it is not a custom with Romans, to grant as a favour any man, before the accused, face to face, should have his accusers, and, opportunity of defence, should receive, concerning the charge. Acts 25:17 When, therefore, they had come together here, no delay whatever, making, on the next day, taking my place upon the judgment-seat, I ordered the man to be brought: Acts 25:18 Concerning whom, taking their stand, his accusers, no accusation at all, were bringing, of the evil things which, I, had been suspecting; Acts 25:19 but, certain questions concerning their own demon-worship, had they against him, and concerning one Jesus, who had died, whom Paul was affirming to be alive. Acts 25:20 And, I, being at a loss as to the inquiry into these things, was askingwhether he might be minded to go unto Jerusalem, and, there, be judged concerning these things. Acts 25:21 But, Paul, having appealed to be kept for the decision of the Emperor, I ordered him to be kept, until I could send him up unto Caesar. Acts 25:22 And, Agrippa, [said] unto FestusI could wish, myself also, to hear, the man. Tomorrow, (saith he) thou shalt hear him.
and he is brought forth.
Acts 25:23 On the morrow, therefore, when Agrippa had come, and Bernice, with great display, and they had entered into the audience-chamber, with the captains of thousands and men of distinction of the city,and Festus had given orders, Paul was brought. Acts 25:24 And Festus saithKing Agrippa! and all ye men, here present with us: Ye observe this person, concerning whom, one and all the throng of the Jews, have interceded with me, both in Jerusalem and here, crying aloud that he ought not to be living any longer.
Festus cleareth him to have done nothing worthy of death.
Acts 25:25 But, I, gathered, that, nothing worthy of death, had he committed; and, this man himself, having appealed unto the Emperor, I decided to send him: Acts 25:26 Concerning whom, anything certain to write unto my lord, I have not; wherefore, I have brought him forth before you,and especially before thee, King Agrippa! in order that, after examination had, I might have something I could write; Acts 25:27 For, unreasonable, unto me, it seemeth, when sending a prisoner, not also, the accusations against him, to signify.